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Stefanski headed back to Cleveland for second interview

10 January 2019
Stefanski headed back to Cleveland for second interview

His completion percentage improved by over 10 points under Kitchens as well. Perhaps more importantly, Kitchens oversaw the successful rookie season of quarterback Baker Mayfield. They (Dorsey) know me well enough.

In eight games under Kitchens, Mayfield threw 19 touchdown passes, 8 interceptions, and was sacked just five times, compared to 8/6/20 in the first eight games. "They know how we played at the end of the season, especially offensively", said Mayfield following the Browns' Week 17 loss against the Ravens regarding the coaching search.

As first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Browns have hired Freddie Kitchens, the man who started the season as the team's running backs coach and ended it as a highly-regarded offensive coordinator, to replace Gregg Williams. The Browns even asked Stefanski who he would include on his coaching staff, should he get the job, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The 30th-ranked offense by DVOA upon Jackson and Haley's exit, the Browns eventually finished the season ranked 17th. Williams had the interim head coach tag after the Browns fired Hue Jackson in October, and the team went on a 5-2 run after that firing. "I always felt like I lived life every day like it could be your last, but what an incident like that makes you realize and thankful for are the friends that you have", Kitchens told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram in November. One name that could return is special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who spent time with Kitchens in Arizona on the Cardinals.

The veteran defensive coach did interview for the head coach position, but the organization has opted to move on from Williams. Once it became clear that Riley wasn't leaving the Sooners, promoting their offensive coordinator must have seemed like the best option.

An official announcement from the Browns announcing Kitchens is expected later this afternoon.